Day 412 Japan’s shame: Maintaining the masquerade is more important than children’s well-being

Speechless.

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Kindergarteners clean mailboxes to show appreciation, as activity for “Memorial Day for Postal Services”

Radioactive Japan: Small Children Polish Mailboxes in High Radiation Area of Date City, #Fukushima

Horror never ends.

I posted the photo of a peach juice can from JA Date City in Fukushima the other day. The juice had 34 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.

Here’s the photo of kindergarten children in the same Date City cleaning the mailbox in appreciation for the hard work by mailmen every day. This particular district of Date City, Ryozen-machi, is 50 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The district is dotted with known “hot spots” with elevated radiation. Many locations measured by the cityexceeded 1 microsievert/hour at 1 meter off the ground, some exceeding 3 microsieverts/hour (parks) last year. Even at the end of March this year, the highest is 1.28 microsievert/hour in a park at 1 meter off the ground.

That didn’t stop this particular kindergarten from going through with the routine of thanking the mailmen. I wonder if they did it last year also.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/radioactive-japan-small-children-polish.html

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1,618 indirect deaths related to quake disaster recognized

The Reconstruction Agency announced on April 27 that as of March 31 this year, there had been 1,618 indirect deaths related to the Great East Japan Earthquake disasters in Tokyo and nine prefectures.

The number is much higher than the 919 such deaths that followed the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. Combined with direct deaths and the missing, the total number of Great East Japan Earthquake dead or missing is thought to exceed 20,000.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120427p2a00m0na013000c.html

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/kyodo-govt-1000s-fukushima-need-immediate-psychological-care-after-filling-survey-trouble-sleeping-concentrating-146-pregnant-women-signs-depression-strong-anxiety

Kyodo: Gov’t says 1,000s in Fukushima need “immediate psychological care” after filling out survey — Trouble sleeping and concentrating

Title: 5% of Fukushima residents need immediate psychological care, survey says
Source: Kyodo
Date: Apr. 27, 2012

About 5 percent of nearly 90,000 Fukushima Prefecture residents who responded to a health monitoring survey need immediate psychological care, the Fukushima prefectural government said Thursday. […]

The result was based on responses on interview sheets that included questions such as if they were having trouble falling asleep and if they were unable to concentrate.

Of those needing immediate care, 3,291 were of high school age or older and 1,311 were of junior high school age or younger […]

In a separate survey of pregnant [Fukushima] women […] 1,298, 14.6 percent of the 8,886 who responded, showed signs of depression or strong anxiety. […]

Read the report here

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NHK News: “30 People Died of Acute Radiation Sickness in Chernobyl Accident”

That’s the only deaths that NHK mentions in the news on April 26, 2012, on the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant accident.

Article continues with translation of NHK article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/nhk-news-30-people-died-of-acute.html

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Like one of the Pyramids being held up with toothpicks. Note the pins dislodged from their locations in the reactor:

Video of Inside Reactor 4 Bldg at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/video-of-inside-reactor-4-bldg-at.html

Skip to the 2:40 mark. You get to see the scene around the Reactor 4 building briefly, then inside the building and the top floor where the Spent Fuel Pool is.

The video was taken on April 24, 2012 when the vice minister of the cabinet office visited the plant.

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7-fold increase in radioactive cesium being released from Reactor No. 2 during April (CHART)

 Article continues (with charts) at:

http://enenews.com/7-fold-increase-radioactive-cesium-being-released-reactor-2-during-april-chart

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News Navigator: What is thyroid gland cancer and its relation to radiation?

There are concerns that radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant may cause thyroid gland cancer. The Mainichi answers common questions readers may have about this cancer.

Question: Why is there concern about thyroid gland cancer?

Answer: After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, thyroid gland cancer increased among children who ate foods contaminated with radioactive iodine. The surge in thyroid gland cancer started four years after the disaster, and the progress of the cancer is slow, so in the case of the Fukushima disaster, an increase in thyroid gland cancer would not be seen yet.

At Chernobyl, thyroid gland cancer increased after radiation exposure equivalent to around 10 sieverts across one’s lifetime. In the case of Fukushima, regulations on radioactive food were soon put in place, so the amount of radioactive exposure is much less, and medical professionals have projected that thyroid gland cancer cases will not increase.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20120427p2a00m0na014000c.html

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Watch: Local Fukushima official films radioactive whirlwind — “All black dust has been also blown away” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/watch-local-official-caught-in-radioactive-whirlwind-of-dust-in-fukushima-prefecture-video

Source: Koichi Oyama
Published by: amuosim
Date: Apr 21, 2012

Land dust is blown in the downtown and residential area from the radiation-contaminated farm land with the level of several thousands of becquerel per square meter. All black dust has been also blown away and gone.

“Protection against internal exposure is a must but the administration will never take action!” – From the English-translated version of Oyama Koichi’s blog, who is a member of the city council of Minamisōma city in Fukushima.

http://youtu.be/mIYJHpM7fA0%5D

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Official: Plutonium detected in black substance from Minamisoma (PHOTOS)

Comments by Koichi Oyama translated by Fukushima Diary:

  • Sample was taken after decontamination.
  • The sample contains soil, sand, and water other than black substance. (Water ratio is not announced.)
  • Sample to consist of only black substance and water (Moisture content = 71.4%) contains 309,000 Bq/Kg of cesium and it’s 1,080,000 Bq/Kg when it’s dry. It therefore will be more than 3 times higher if it doesn’t content sand, soil or water.
  • Pu238/Pu239+240 used to be 0.027 before 311. This result shows it’s 0.808.
  • The analysis was done by Japan Chemical Analysis Center, which is outsourced by the government.

More from Mochizuki:

  • 0.038 Bq/Kg (2.47Bq/m2) of Plutonium 238 was measured in Minamisoma.
  • They also measured 0.047 Bq/Kg ofPlutonium 239 and 240, and 0.73 Bq/Kg of Plutonium 241.
  • 8.5 Bq/Kg of Strontium 89, and 50 Bq/Kg of Strontium 90 was also measured.

Article continues at:

http://enenews.com/official-plutonium-detected-black-substance-minamisoma-photos

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TEPCO to recalculate potential tsunami height near Niigata nuke plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced April 26 that it will recalculate the height of a potential tsunami that may strike its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture.

The move was pushed forward after four prefectures located along the Sea of Japan released their own estimates, which state that the scale of a potential earthquake in the area where the nuclear plant is located is in fact up to around 2.8 times stronger than what TEPCO has estimated.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120427p2a00m0na015000c.html

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*Warning – Graphic* Photographer: “My first reaction was I was looking at a different race of people” — Brain outside of skull, kidneys outside of torso, legs resembling elephant — Some doctors feel strongly there will be no more Belarus people in future (VIDEO)

Follow-up to: Russian Gov’t Radio: “The number of victims has reached one million people today” — Consequences of Chernobyl meltdown are endless and uncontrollable

Title: The Legacy of Chernobyl
Source: The Nation Blog
Author: Laura Flanders
Date: Apr 26, 2012

[…] To get a sense of just what those tens of millions live at risk of, take a look at these photographs by award winning photographer Paul Fusco. Earlier this month I had a the honor of participating in the fourth Schuneman Symposium held at the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Among the speakers was Fusco, an extraordinary MAGNUM photographer who traveled to the Ukraine to see the legacy of Chernobyl after twenty years. Fusco expected to stay two weeks. He stayed for two months, following parents, children, nurses and cancer patients.

“It changed my life. I couldn’t leave. It was so immense in its implications. There is so much damage to so many people in so many ways…” says Fusco. […]

Intro

My first reaction was I was looking at a different race of people because the damage was so incredible.

Part 12

It was like a different race, kids on the floor […] they roll, they slither […] they’re like pack animals

Part 17

Some of the doctors told me they thought there would be no more Belarus people, this would wipe them out. […] They felt it very strongly and they were afraid.

Watch video here

Article continues at:

http://enenews.com/prepare-yourself-photographer-like-a-different-race-of-human-brain-outside-of-skull-kidneys-outside-of-torso-legs-resembling-elephant-some-doctors-felt-strongly-there-would-be-no-more-b 

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